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Space Creates Freedom

The season of Fall is a time when everything seems to change. The solar light, lower on the horizon, softly imbues the kaleidoscope of colored leaves as they dance their last dance before turning to compost. The day-to-day human activity mirrors the newly opening sky of bigger expanse, with new projects, dreams and ideas brewing. The fall winds blowing leaves to and fro show us what space is: movement, change and freedom.

How many of you have used the phrase “give me some space” when feeling overwhelmed or ungrounded. What is it we are describing when using the word “space”? It’s a word we use often and in many different applications. I think back to something I often used to say to my students in the heat of a practice; “find the space in the pose – space creates freedom, freedom is Truth, Truth is Divinity”. Words originally inspired by a great Indian teacher, B.S.K. Iyengar. What about Oxford’s take on space? Space: a word referring to a state which is defined as “a continuous unlimited expanse” amongst other more practical examples such as “the interval of time in the space of an hour”, or the “time spent alone used to think”, The Canadian Oxford. Space is an interesting word representing the seen and the unseen, the actual and the imagined and the conceptual and the theoretical. Most importantly, though, it can refer to a quality that arises when there is no resistance.

In the Yogic tradition space would relate to air as one of the five elements in the ancient science of Ayurveda. In that reference it also has quality or characteristics which could be understood more by what space is not – dead space (air). The yogi’s went further to describe the various movements of air (space) as Vyau’s.

We here at Trinity are committed to holding a space for you, and if that isn’t in a teacher training program perhaps it will be in one of the other fabulous programs we are developing. Trinity is planting a full crop for next year with the unveiling of our new programs as well as a full roster of 200 hour training programs.

We had a great retreat this summer with our Level 3 course in Squamish. Twenty two new grads ready to fly and unleash their talents into new places and spaces. We had a wonderful time swimming, dancing under the moon, serenading the bears, all endowed with the gentle caresses of summer breezes, huge motherly trees and lots of open space.

For completion of Level 3 students are required to write 2 papers, of which I have the fortune of reading. The depth and quality of thought that goes into these pieces is admirable and I find myself feeling like these should be shared. In general I would say the wealth of knowledge and personal insights that are presented throughout the courses are phenomenal and has inspired Trinity to create outlets for this information to be shared.

One of the biggest reasons people come to yoga is to feel like they count and are cared for. Holding a “space” for others is a selfless act that has no agenda or attachment to the outcome. It is this quality of space that when given to ourselves or others is the greatest gift of all. “Sacred friendship is a way of being, an intimacy with oneself and the world that invites the presence of another into that space.” (Steven Smith, 89)

At the end of this newsletter I would like to ask that you all hold a space for Trevor Dickson a fellow Trinity grad and dear friend of many. He has recently left this realm and will need our love and support as he passes through the various stages of transition. He will be missed and remembered by many including his children and family. Let us hold them in our prayers as well.

Treasure all your moments,
Mary-Jo

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.